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Mystery 19th Century botanist tracked down following appeal

Mystery 19th Century botanist tracked down following appeal

Science
RHSA mystery 19th-Century botanist has been found, thanks to sleuthing work by the public.Isabella Anne Allen had been known only by the secrets she left behind, tucked between the pages of an old book.But following an appeal for information, on the BBC News website, she has now been traced to the village of Madresfield, Worcestershire.Her story came to light when clues such as pressed flowers, poems and doodles were found inside The English Flora.Donated to the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) decades ago, the botanical text was rediscovered by staff sorting through boxes ahead of a move to a new library.And libraries and exhibitions head Fiona Davison said the clues within revealed its original owner "would have been a figure in the local society and in public". "She is a gardener as we...
Appeal to identify ‘La Botaniste’ who slipped from history

Appeal to identify ‘La Botaniste’ who slipped from history

Science
RHSWhen sorting through books gathering dust in the attic, it's common to find mementos of the past such as a poem, a pressed-flower, or a letter.But when staff at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) went through hundreds of old plant books, they stumbled on a collection of botanical treasures the likes of which they'd never seen before.Tucked inside a copy of The English Flora from 1830 were poems, doodles, plant specimens and a cartoon.Judging by the contents, the owner was a keen plants woman. But her name, Isabella A Allen, appears to have slipped from history.She may be the early 19th Century botanical illustrator about which little is known. Or she could be among the legions of uncelebrated 19th Century women with a passionate interest in plants.Either way, the RHS is hoping to tra...
Johnny Depp refused permission to appeal ‘wife beater’ ruling

Johnny Depp refused permission to appeal ‘wife beater’ ruling

Entertainment
Johnny Depp has been refused permission to appeal a High Court ruling that he assaulted his ex-wife Amber Heard and made her fear for her life.In November, three months after the end of a high-profile trial, the judge rejected Depp's claim that The Sun newspaper had libelled the actor in a 2018 article calling him a "wife beater". The 57-year-old had taken legal action against owners News Group Newspapers (NGN) and its then executive editor Dan Wootton over the column, which referred to "overwhelming evidence" he attacked his 34-year-old ex-wife several times during their relationship. Image: Amber Heard was a key witness for The Sun Depp has always strenuously denied Heard's allegations and has not been charged with a criminal offenc...
UK to appeal to individual European countries over arts touring ‘crisis’

UK to appeal to individual European countries over arts touring ‘crisis’

Entertainment
Getty ImagesThe government has said it hopes to open negotiations with individual EU countries "very shortly" to help UK artists to tour after being told Brexit had created an "absolute crisis".Musicians, actors and their crews will face extra red tape and fees for visas to tour in some European countries.Speaking to MPs on Tuesday, arts figures said ministers must "act now".Culture minister Caroline Dinenage said there were no current talks to reach agreements with individual countries.She admitted there were "certainly a lot of obstacles to overcome", resulting in "quite a lot of sleepless nights for those across my department at the moment".With the main Brexit deal not allowing British artists to work freely across the continent, she said striking deals on work permits and visas with i...
Apple and Ireland win appeal over EU’s €13bn tax demand

Apple and Ireland win appeal over EU’s €13bn tax demand

Technology
Apple and Ireland have won an appeal against an EU order that the tech giant pay the country €13bn (£11.6bn) in back taxes. In 2016, the European Commission ruled that Ireland had breached state aid rules by giving Apple unfair tax benefits, and ordered Ireland to recover the money plus interest. Both Ireland and Apple appealed that judgment and, this morning, the General Court of the European Union annulled the European Commission decision.In its decision today, the General Court decreed that Apple had not been "granted a selective economic advantage" by Irish tax policies.The Irish Department of Finance welcomed the ruling, saying: "Ireland has always been clear that there was no special treatment provided to [Apple]. The correct amount of Irish tax was charged, taxation in line with nor...